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Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2011
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About the Author
His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in Portland, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
- Excellent job continuing to bridge the gap between Enterprise and TOS. Enterprise was in a tricky place as a prequel in a strongly established universe, and this book continues to work to bridge the gaps left behind after the early cancellation of the series. It is not perfectly in line with all trek ever written, but then with hundreds of books, that is an impossible task nowadays.
- Good continuation of the Trip-T'Pol connection without making this a sappy love story where everything works out magically for the couple. I like the emphasis on the dynamic between Trip's sense of service and his love for T'Pol.
- Good nod to those of us in the fan base who like what TOS was known for, subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, social commentary. It continues well with the Enterprise series' relation to modern times.
- Good level of plot complexity.
- Overall, good character development with an interesting plot; this is exactly what I want from trek.
- More depth into the subplots would have improved this book.
- The writer is toying a careful line between rushing the plot and keeping the story fast paced.
This is the best book in the relaunch series thus far. This is a must for anyone who likes Enterprise. I can only hope that the next book in this series comes out quicker; I get impatient waiting for the next step in Enterprise.
Star Trek enthusiasts will note that this novel follows the "Enterprise" version of the Romulans and Earth's contact with them, which is significantly different from the story told in The Original Series. In the "Enterprise" version the Romulans seem to lead Earth in technology, including Warp Drive technology. By contrast, in the Original Series, the Romulans still do not have Warp Drive although they do have other advances over Earth, mainly the plasma weapon and of course cloaking technology. (My understanding of The Original Series is that the Romulans acquire warp drive from the Klingons, perhaps as a trade for cloaking technology.)
Despite the inconsistency, this story is great fun, and ably continues the "Enterprise" saga from where it left off at the end of that series. In this novel the Earth-Romulan war is in full swing, and Earth is getting the worst of it. More would be telling (no spoilers here).
The characterizations are excellent and ring true with the roles that were developed in the Enterprise series, particularly Trip and T'Pol. We also learn a great deal about the young T'Pau, who was featured in The Original Series in the Amok Time episode. (First episode, second season).Read more ›
I thoroughly enjoyed "Beneath the Raptor's Wing" and the books leading up to the Romulan War saga. Unfortunately, "To Brave the Storm" does not live up to the quality and excitement of its predecessors. The story feels rushed and disjointed. Months pass where nothing happens. And when something finally does happen, the story picks up after the incident, unlike Raptor's Wing were we are taken into the heart of the conflict. This book should have been filled with exciting space battles and undercover intrigue. Instead, it felt like a 600 page novel trimmed down to 300 pages with the most exciting chapters left out.
A perfect example is how the author and editors decided to deal with Trip. I'm about to give away a major spoiler here, so stop reading if you want to be surprised. In the prior novels we were always show how Trip escaped death defying cliffhangers, like his escape pod heading for a gravitic mine at the end of "Kobayashi Maru". Not so in this novel. During the final confrontation between the Coalition and Romulan fleets Trip escapes from the Romulan flagship in an escape pod. He is given a device that he believes to be a homing beacon. Once activated, it counts down to zero and that last thing Trip sees is a blinding flash of light. We later discover his escape pod has been destroyed during the battle. Twenty-five years later we discover Trip is alive and well living on Vulcan with T'Pol. No mention is given as to how he escaped. This is typical of the "let's pull a rabbit out of the hat" mentality of this novel.Read more ›
Granted, the editors at Pocket Books cut the series down to two books, but rather than make the most of this with an action packed and morally provocative story with rich character development, Martin skips over the meaningful parts in a careless way that leaves the book without depth or emotion. So I'm glad I know how the war went but I am left feeling like I would if my entire knowledge of WW2 came from its Wikipedia entry.
I'm glad the overabundance of side stories involving forgettable characters and the author's philosophical musings about warfare that plagued "Beneath the Raptor's Wings" are not in this book. Even though this was largely done, the book still hops around a lot with large gaps between chapters with every chapter seeming more like its own individual short story than part of a singular and unraveling plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadly, after two solidly written entries in the relaunch, we get this. I really was looking forward to reading this pivotal chapter in the Star Trek franchise. Read morePublished 22 days ago
Excellent book! Looking forward to the rest of the series. Definitely recommend this to any trek fan.Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey R Stilwell
Great read. Looking forward to the next book in the series.Published 4 months ago by Brad Zumbrunnen
Great tie up to loose ends from the series. Would have like more about trip and T'pol, but probably just not enough room in this story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gadget geek
I was really interested in this book, as I was disappointed Star Trek Enterprise had been canceled. It was an "okay" book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martin J Quinn
Excellent read, but I wish it had been unlocked for text to speech. Very exciting story and a fitting end to the series. Very much enjoyed!Published 7 months ago by AARON P TOLLMAN